The Blood of Jesus

The word “blood” is used approximately 360 times in the Old Testament and 99 times in the New Testament.

Of the New Testament writers:

  • John uses the word “blood” (αἷμα – haima) 29 times; 19 times thereof in Revelation. (On several occasions it is used in reference to “the Lamb of God”).
  • It is used 21 times in the Book of Hebrews in connection with the doctrine of the atonement: (11 of these times are in chapter. 9 alone).
  • Dr. Luke uses this word 20 times: (8 times in his Gospel, & 12 times in the Book of Acts.

Here is why we may never take the blood of Christ for granted:

  • It was shed for the forgiveness of sins.
    • For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
    • whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, (Romans 3:25)
    • In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7)
    • in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:14)
    • And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)
  • It is the only means of justification to be declared right before God.
    • Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:9)
  • It is the purchase price of redemption. Redemption speaks of buying someone out of the slave-market, with the proper purchase price.
    • Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (Acts 20:28)
    • Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12)
    • but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:19)
    • And they sang a new song, saying:“You are worthy to take the scroll,And to open its seals;For You were slain,And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, (Revelation 5:9)
  • It is the means of reconciliation (to bring into harmony) and peace.
    • But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)
    • and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:20)
  • It is the purging agent.
    • But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
    • and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, (Revelation 1:5)
    • And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14)
  • It gives us boldness to enter God’s presence.
    • Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Hebrews 10:19)
  • It means severe punishment for those who would discount ii.
    • Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29)
  • It sanctifies us.
    • Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. (Hebrews 13:12)
  • It is the means of God’s work in our lives.
    • Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20–21)
  • It is the means of overcoming the accuser (Revelation 12:11).
    • And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:11)

It is central to our salvation, hope and to all that we believe & hold dear!

In 1876, Robert Lowry penned this refrain:

“Oh! precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

Nothing But the Blood, Robert Lowry. 1876

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